The Church of England has released a new film with the Revd Libby Lane who will be consecrated as Bishop of Stockport at York Minster on Monday 26th January.
The 12 minute film was shot on the day it was announced that she would be the Church of England’s first female bishop and features an interview with Libby as she reflects on her appointment during a day of announcements, media calls, interviews culminating in a return to her parish in St Peter’s Hale.
Libby says: “Knowing Jesus made sense to me as a teenager and if my appointment encourages a single young woman to lift her eyes up a bit and to realise that she has capacity and potential and that her environment or those around her don’t need to dictate what is possible for her, then I’d be really honoured if that were the case.”
In the film Libby talks about her family and her journey of faith recalling her first visit to church when she was 11 years old: “I went the first week, enjoyed it and went back the second week and the fact the vicar and members of the congregation remembered my name and remembered things about me made a huge impression on me at that age. They welcomed me into the extended family of the church and included me .. really graciously and gently alongside them taking me seriously and nurturing me in ways that made me feel included and respected and that I had things to contribute. So they loved me into faith but they also undoubtedly nurtured my sense of vocation.”
You can see the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Z5p5vptwQ
For further information contact Arun Arora on 07984 334564
For media accreditation to attend the consecration, please call Sharon Atkinson on 07785 615457
Libby, who has been Vicar of St Peter’s, Hale, and St Elizabeth’s, Ashley (near Altrincham) since 2007, will become the eighth Bishop of Stockport, succeeding the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, who is now Bishop of Exeter.
After school in Manchester and University at Oxford, Libby trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham. She was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn, Lancashire. Libby has also served in the Diocese of York, as Chaplain in hospital and further education.